NEW HOPE, Minn. - A young woman killed in a six-vehicle pileup on Highway 169 Wednesday night has been identified by the Minnesota State Patrol.
Kathryn Taylor Burkey, a 22-year-old from Nowthen, died when the Chevy Cruz she was driving was rear-ended by a semi in the northbound lanes of f Hwy. 169 near the Rockford Road/42nd Avenue exit just before 5:30 p.m.
The State Patrol website says the semi was traveling in the left lane when it failed to stop and struck Burkey's Chevy. Her vehicle was pushed into the a Ford Fusion, which then rear-ended a Chrysler Town and Country.
Burkey's Chevy Cruz came to a rest in the right ditch, with the Fusion and Town & Country ending up wrecked in the right lane. The Peterbuilt semi, driven by a 60-year-old man from North Branch, continued Northbound in the left lane, rear-ending a Toyota Camry. The Camry was then pushed into a Honda Odyssey. Both vehicles came to a rest in the left lane. The semi came to a rest on the left shoulder.
The impacted lanes of Highway 169 remained closed for around 9 hours while the crash was reconstructed and cleaned up.
169Nb at Rockford. 1 initial crash with serious inj. Several secondary crashes occurred. NB is closed. Bypass to Rockford Rd.— State Patrol PIO (@MSPPIO) September 6, 2017
The roadway was closed for hours so investigators could reconstruct the crash. No word at this time if any charges will be filed.